Browsing: Drama

NP Approved t2 trainspotting

It’s hard to imagine anyone outside of Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, or Robert Carlyle who wanted, let alone demanded, a sequel to the 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s blackly comic, transgressive, subversive satire, Trainspotting, but here we are 21 years later with T2 Trainspotting, a near…

Reviews i olga hepnarova

In 1975, after a shocking crime and trial that captured the attention of the entire country, 23-year-old Olga Hepnarova became the last woman to be executed in Czechoslovakia. I, Olga Hepnarová opens about a dozen years earlier, when Olga (Michalina Olszanska) was a troubled young teen still living at home, with an abusive…

Reviews Song to Song

There might be something to that quitting while you’re ahead thing. An auteur’s auteur, Terence Malick crafted an indelible, unimpeachable reputation as a visionary filmmaker with just two films, Badlands (1972) and Days of Heaven (1978), both made in the 1970s. For the better part of two decades, rumors swirled around new projects…


When DRIB first gets going, it is a fairly standard documentary. There is the talking head interview, a knowing narration, and a smattering of news clips. It fits its mold well, offering little in the way of surprises and that seems to be director…

NP Approved Personal Shopper

Like any good French filmmaker, writer-director Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours, Demonlover, Irma Vep) has crafted both an offscreen persona as a hyper-intellectual filmmaker and openly courted, if not controversy, then audience disengagement and alienation. Under one interpretation, a true auteur and mainstream filmmaking…

SXSW 2017 free fire 1

Walking in to see Free Fire, all signs pointed to this being a movie that I could really sink my teeth into. It features a loaded cast, a 70s setting, the promise of copious amounts of gunplay, and the mind of Ben Wheatley. Say what you will about…

SXSW 2017 Song to Song_1

When it comes to Terrence Malick there are those that love his work and then there are those that don’t really get it. Admittedly, I firmly fall into the latter camp. For those people that seek out Malick’s work, that gobble up his special brand…

SXSW 2017 Prevenge_1

Most of the time when you say “pregnancy” and “horror” in the same sentence, you’re usually talking about something either pre-pregnancy or post-pregnancy. We’ve had plenty of films featuring demonic children or satanic conception, placing the impetus of the fear…

Reviews Headshot_1

It took me about 40 minutes to give up on Headshot being anything approaching what you could call a “complete film.” That isn’t to say that it isn’t enjoyable. For those looking for violence, decently executed fights in the hands of skilled fighters, and orifices from which to bleed…

NP Approved logan

All art is political, even superhero art. And there’s little doubt that Logan, the second collaboration between writer-director James Mangold (The Wolverine, 3:10 to Yuma, Night & Day, Cop Land) and star Hugh Jackman, qualifies as art, as superhero art, and as political art. Set in a possible future for the X-Men universe – both a…

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